Occidental’s Oman operations are concentrated at the Mukhaizna Field in south-central Oman, and Blocks 9, 27 and 62 in northern Oman. During its more than 30-year tenure in Oman, Oxy has increased production and reserves, and today is the country’s largest independent oil producer.
At the Mukhaizna Field, Occidental has implemented an aggressive drilling and development program, including a major pattern steam flood project for enhanced oil recovery. To produce feed water for the steam needed for the project, non-potable water from multiple sources, such as water separated from oil production, is conditioned using various technologies — including some of the largest mechanical vapor compressors ever built.
In 2013, the average gross daily oil production at the Mukhaizna Field was 123,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day — over 15 times higher than the production rate in September 2005, when Occidental assumed operation of the field.